Let me ask you this:
“If there was such a thing as time travel or an alternative reality where you and your past self could meet, would your younger self be proud of the person you are now?”
This might seem strange to you but I’ve always kept a very close relationship with my younger self. I know. “How is this possible? Is she crazy or something?” My craziness is not the subject of this.
What I mean by that is that I’ve always kept my younger self—her dreams, goals, and ambitions—in my heart and in my head.
“Why?” you might ask. Well, because my younger self is the source of everything that I am today. If it wasn’t for her teaching herself how to dance at age 8 alone in her little bedroom, or if it wasn’t for her having huge dreams and never giving up on them, I wouldn’t be here right now telling you her story.
Here’s how I see it: My younger self is me. She is who I am, she is who I was, and she will always be a part of me. But I also see her as someone else. I see her as this little girl who is her own little person outside of me, and my job is to make her proud. Why do I have to make her proud?
Because she is the one who had the big dreams, she is the one who started all this, and I don’t want her to believe in something that will never come true!
So it is my duty to make sure that her dreams come true.
And it is YOUR duty to make sure that your younger self’s dreams do come true. Just think about your younger self for a second. What was it that he/she wanted to accomplish once upon a time? Maybe your dreams shifted along the way and now your heart desires something else and that’s ok. So long as you’re still here trying to give something to look forward to your younger self. Whatever you think about your ambitious younger self, would he/she be proud of what you’re doing right now? If you went back in time would he/she be excited to be you in the future?
It might seem weird for you to think this way but it can really help you on your journey towards making your dreams come true.